What Do You Think? Cydia App Store is Open

What can be done with your iPhone if you don’t take Apple’s word for truth

Who owns your iPhone? I know that it is a sudden question but really, who owns your iPhone? Some of you have bought out of the contract and paid full price for Apple’s Jesus phone, some of you probably received it as a gift and others have paid upfront for the phone and are now fishing away at the contract. So, who owns your iPhone?

Is it your device since you paid for it or are paying for it? Is it the property of AT&T, Orange, Softbank or Rogers? In a previous article, TMA discussed some of the problems of giving into Apple’s plan for our mobile lives and in particular what features we are missing by not digging into the jailbreak scene. Now however, the Jailbreak scene is going corporate.

Yes, according the a Wallstreet news article, Cydia will be opening the doors of its own App Store and likely charging developers a similar commission to Apple’s own cut from developers. What is significant is that many of the apps available on Cydia should be available in the App Store such as a camcorder app. Apple argue that security issues and the rising cost of supporting Jailbreaked iPhones has pushed them to seek legal sanctions against the Jailbreak scene, but it all boils down to money. Apple will likely kick and fuss at the new competition, but this Apple fan will in this instance root for the underdog.

Word on the street is that there will be a few App Stores from unauthorised vendors popping up to satisfy the needs of the growing iPhone population. In retrospect, Apple have hurt themselves by disallowing certain high-profile applications into the App Store while approving apps that do absolutely nothing.

When push comes to shove, I hope Apple get hammered in the courts for their anti-consumer practices. What do you think? It would be great to get your opinion on this topic whether in agreement with my arguments or not.  Cheers!

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